Monday, April 04, 2005

Meet Bill Owens

Fishing on the Farmington
Pleasant Valley, CT - Two boys fishing on the Farmington River
by Bill Owens

Meet Bill Owens

I'd like to introduce you to Bill Owens, whose blog I luckily stumbled upon while blog-surfing.

I think he's a gifted photographer and a marvelous tour guide. At his New England Photo Blog, he takes you on a trip with him through many New England towns.

Bill's only been blogging for a short while, and I expect we'll see and hear about many more of his Yankee travels in the future.

Welcome to the blogosphere, Bill!

I especially appreciated his photo of abolitionist John Brown's birthplace, which is in Torrington, Ct. As David would tell you, I am fascinated with the tale of John Brown. David took me to the courthouse where John Brown was tried in Charles Town, West Virginia. We also visited Harper's Ferry, where the infamous raid on the armory took place. (my Harper's Ferry photo) Sometime between Jan. 27 and Feb. 16, 1857, John Brown had traveled to my own city of Syracuse trying to raise money for his cause.

Many times, I have made the trip to John Brown's farm (and site of his grave) in the Adirondack Mountain town of North Elba, N.Y. Adirondack singer/songwriter Peggy Eyres wrote a song about Mary Brown, the wife of John Brown. Eyres wrote in her recording "Cloudsplitter's" liner notes:
"As usual, history barely mentions his wife Mary, who was equally devoted to the freedom of the slaves. So when {historian} Monica McGaughey gave me her research, including a couple of Mary's letters, I jumped at the challenge to give voice to another Adirondack woman."

Cloudsplitter was also the title of the Russell Banks novel based upon the life and times of John Brown.

John Sears

This is a photo I took of John Sears and Charlie Daniels.
John took a photo of me with Charlie, too - I'll have to dig it out of my piles of pictures.
Why am I posting it now?
John had something very unusual happen to him last week here in Syracuse.
Very unusual.
Congrats on your 15 minutes of fame, John. ;)

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In Tombstone....
photo by Jude Nagurney Camwell

There are vigilantes who recently converged upon Tombstone, Arizona, and I'm afraid they're going to hurt a lot of innocent people. We are a nations of laws. We forgot the rule of law in the recent Schiavo case because of high emotions, and I see this vigilante case as the same thing. Citizens taking it upon themselves to administer law and justice with high emotion should be unacceptable to law enforcement officials in Arizona state. Innocent folks are going to be hurt.

photo by Jude Nagurney Camwell

This isn't nineteenth century Wyatt Earp-ville - this is the United States of America.


IHT Online: Abu Ghraib Gets Hit Again

MSNBC: A group of moderate Republicans hold the fate of President Bush’s judicial nominees in their hands. Some GOP senators appear to be hesitant about supporting the nuclear option - doing away with the Senate filibuster for judicial nominees - knowing it could be used against them in the future. GOP Sens. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, John McCain of Arizona, Olympia Snowe of Maine, John Warner of Virginia and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island have either said they oppose changing the rules or have declined to promise to support the change.

From $82 billion more for Iraq? Demand an exit strategy.
"Congress must insist that America have an exit strategy from Iraq with a timeline, that we do not construct permanent bases and that we end war profiteering by corporations."

Impeachment Ahead for Schiavo Judges?

The House majority leader, Rep. Tom DeLay, blamed Terri Schiavo's death on judges who refused to order her kept alive, and said he would consider bringing impeachment proceedings against judges involved in the case. His comments drew scorn from Senator Kennedy, a Democrat of Massachusetts who accused Republicans of assaulting the independence of the judiciary. He suggested DeLay's commentscould lead to violence against judges. DeLay signaled yesterday that the battle was not over.
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Guide to DeLay Scandals

Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX), the man Republicans have chosen as their Majority Leader in the House of Representatives, is at the center of a bewildering array of investigations into corruption, abuse of power, and ethics violations. As the courts and committees investigate DeLay's misdeeds and hand down indictments, keeping track of all the scandals can be a full-time job. So we thought it would helpful to offer folks this quick and easy guide.
(Full List of Scandals -

Lebanon bombings stir up anxiety not felt since war (Star Tribune)

Syria, Iran stress stability in Lebanon
Syrian Foreign Minister, Farouk Al-Share, and his visiting Iranian counterpart, Kamal Kharrazi, have agreed that security and stability must be maintained in Lebanon. The two foreign ministers also said during talks that the factions in Lebanon must reach national reconciliation to resist interference from outside forces, before it can over come the current crisis.Kharrazi said after the talks that the present situation in the Middle East is worrisome, as some political forces try to capitalize on the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri.

Do It Again

"All of the Edwards supporters are hoping he’ll do it again."
- Joy Lowe, 76, of Waterloo, Iowa


"I think what most people are looking for in leaders in this country is strength, conviction and a core set of beliefs that the leader is passionate about. They want to know what drives you every day; what you get up believing in and fighting for. People who are arguing that the Democratic Party has somehow lost its way and doesn't know what it believes or stands for and that the solution is changing and nuancing our positions - I think those people are probably dead wrong.

I think we should stand up and fight for the things that we believe in. That's where we show strength."

- John Edwards in an Iowa Press Interview

In Wisconsin:

In Wisconsin, John Edwards Sees How Madison Helps Its Poor . He told Wisconsinites that alleviating poverty is his priority. He said, "My belief is that it says a lot about the character of a country as to how they treat those who are struggling." The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel pressed him about Election 2008 and missed an opportunity to speak at length with Edwards about the issue for which he is fighting - which is Poverty.

In Iowa:

There are video, audio, and transcript versions of John Edwards' interview with the Iowa Press. The interview lasts 28 minutes.
Video: Iowa Press []

Audio: Audio Interview []

Transcript: Interview Transcript []

In Maryland

Edwards in Maryland